Widely renowned as the cradle of Western civilisation, Greece attracts visitors of all stripes, from history and philosophy buffs to beach lovers and foodie fanatics. Here are some basic facts to know about this destination:
- Greece has over 2,000 islands, though less than 200 are populated. The largest Greek island is Crete.
- Top destinations include Athens, Corfu, Delphi, Mykonos, Rhodes and Santorini.
- You will experience the best weather in Greece from late April to early November. July and August are the peak tourism season.
- The local language is Greek. Around half of the population speak English, and you should have no trouble using English in tourist hotspots. Still, it’s respectful and polite to learn some Greek before you go. Say ‘yassu’ for ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’, ‘parakalo’ for ‘please’, ‘ef-hareesto’ for ‘thank you’ and ‘you’re welcome’, and ‘yamas’ for ‘cheers’ if you are toasting.
- Greece is part of the European Union and the local currency is the euro.
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